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The meaning of Al Birr

Question

After listening to last Friday’s khutbah at our masjid here in Palmerston North, New Zealand, I am very curious to know about the word “Albirr” and its meaning and where and why Allah Ta’ala has used it in Quran. Your reply will enlighten our knowledge and will allow us to understand Quran more deeply. May Allah Ta’ala bless you for providing this service to the Ummah. Jazak Allah khayran

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The meaning of a word in a hadith

Question

In the line below, what does suu al-Jiwar or Jawaar mean? The context is the signs of the hour?

ومنها من أشراط الساعة سوء الجوار ، وقطعية الأرحام

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Iman is between fear and hope

Question

One often hears the statement, sometimes cited as a Hadith or saying of the Salaf:

‘Iman is between fear and hope’ or different wordings.

What is the source for this statement? And regardless of the source, is the principle correct?

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Hadith: The Jews were divided into seventy one groups

Question

A Shaykh said that the Hadith relating to that Jews were divided into seventy one groups and the Christians into seventy two and the Muslims into seventy three all in Jahannam except one

He states that this Hadith is questionable:

1. its sanad (chain of narrators) is questionable
2. its matn (text) is questionable for the Quran says “You are the best of Ummahs”

Kindly express the research on this Hadith

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Hadith: I am leaving behind two things

Question

Could you please inform what is the academic status of these two Hadiths:

1. I am leaving behind two things: the Book of Allah and the Sunnat

2. I am leaving behind two things: the Book of Allah and the Ahlu Bayt

Outwardly there seems to be a contradiction, please enlighten.

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Arabic books on importance of following a madhab

Question

I have a concern regarding teaching someone to follow a madhhab. The person is from a background where the family does not adhere to following one specific madhhab. The person’s knowledge is limited, as the person is young, and grew up in an environment where deen is hard to practice and knowledge is difficult to seek, because the government suppresses any kind of religious teachings.

Do you have any suggestion on how to teach someone with that background about madhhab. Also do you know any good hanafi books for beginners, such as “Heavenly Ornaments” but they all have to be in Arabic?

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